ADDRESS ofPatriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Philaret

ADDRESS of Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Philaret The Parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate in the USA regarding the false "message" of Prot. Victor Poliarny on behalf of the Vicariate


I have received the so-called official announcement of the online conference of the Vicariate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate in the United States on February 15, 2021, convened by Prot. Victor Poliarny. This conference is a deception of the clergy and believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States. On September 21, 2019, Prot. Victor Poliarny and the president of the board in Bloomingdale, Illinois, resigned from the Vicariate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate in the United States. Therefore, they do not have the canonical right to convene such a conference. In addition, the statement "that all communities within the Vicariate remain under the omophorion of His Beatitude Epiphanius, Metropolitan of Kyiv and all of Ukraine" is another deception because the Vicariate in the United States has never been under his authority. Patriarch Bartholomew's Tomos on the Autocephaly of the Church of January 6, 2019, explicitly prohibits having or founding parishes outside Ukraine. This means that Ukrainian parishes in the United States and Canada were not and are not under the authority of Metropolitan Epiphanius. The Vicariate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyivan Patriarchate in the United States was founded by Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Philaret, and he heads and continues to direct this Vicariate. The Patriarch appointed Archpriest Secretary of the Vicariate Bohdan Zhoba, Rector of the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Philadelphia. Prot. Victor Poliarny and the president of the board, John Jaresko, have nothing to do with the Vicariate. There is no other Ukrainian Orthodox Vicariate in the United States. I invoke God's blessing on you

Philaret

Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine




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